Commissioner: Tizziana Baldenebro, SPACES
Curators: Tizziana Baldenebro, Lauren Leving
Exhibitors: Xavi Laida Aguirre, Simon Anton, Ang Li, Norman Teague, and Lauren Yeager
Petrochemical polymers known as plastics were developed in the United States as a revolutionary material. Today the global urgency to reframe our approach to the overabundance of plastic detritus in our waterways, landfills, and streets is clear. Exploring our fraught, yet enmeshed, kinship with plastics, Everlasting Plastics considers the ways these materials both shape and erode contemporary ecologies, economies, and the built environment. This exhibition highlights our unseen dependency; demonstrates how plasticity has created expectations for the behaviours of other materials; and points to plastic’s unknown, long-term, and indelible impact on our futures.